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Director of GI Oncology

Portland, OR

Director of GI Oncology|Providence Cancer Institute

Position Description:

Providence Cancer Institute is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Medical Oncologist to serve as the Director of GI Oncology. This role offers a unique opportunity to lead and build a cutting-edge GI Oncology program, leveraging the world-class expertise of the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute in immunotherapy. The ideal candidate will be excited by the opportunity to collaborate with leading experts in radiation oncology, surgical oncology, and clinical research, fostering a multidisciplinary approach to GI malignancies.

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Position Details

  • Job Title: Director of GI Oncology
  • Employer: Providence Cancer Institute
  • Location: Portland, Oregon

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Director of GI Oncology will lead and develop a comprehensive GI Oncology program, focusing on innovation and excellence in patient care.
  • Provide expert care for patients with GI malignancies.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, including surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and researchers, to provide high-quality, coordinated care.
  • Oversee and participate in clinical trials, with a preference for candidates experienced in Phase 1 trials, though this is not a requirement.
  • Drive forward clinical research initiatives and integrate research findings into clinical practice.
  • Mentor and support junior faculty, fostering a collaborative and educational environment.
  • Engage in community outreach and education to raise awareness of GI malignancies and available treatments.
  • Help build a regional multidisciplinary GI Oncology program that will be recognized nationally for patient care and clinical research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Medical Degree (MD or DO) from an accredited institution.
  • Board Certified in Medical Oncology.
  • Demonstrated expertise in gastrointestinal malignancies.
  • Experience with clinical trials, ideally including Phase 1 trials, but not required.
  • Strong leadership skills with a track record of building and managing clinical programs.
  • Commitment to integrating clinical research with patient care.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Eligibility for medical licensure in the state of Oregon.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in immunotherapy and its application in GI oncology.
  • Academic credentials suitable for appointment at the Associate or Full Member level.

Key Selling Points

Providence Cancer Center in Portland, Oregon

Providence Cancer Center in Portland, Oregon

Program Building Opportunity

  • Program Building Opportunity: Build a world-class GI Oncology program upon an existing foundation of infrastructure, expertise (surgical, radiation, research, etc.), and with full backing and investment from an executive team that has identified GI Oncology as a strategic area of focus and investment for the future.
  • Radiation Oncology Partnership: Collaborate with Oregon Clinical Radiation Oncology and utilize the region’s only MR Linac, offering potential for groundbreaking work in radiation and chemotherapy, especially in collaboration with Dr. Kristina Young for pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancers.
  • Future Collaborations: Opportunities for collaboration on rectal cancer with Dr. Whiteford, a national leader in clinical trials.
  • Active Clinical Trials: Engage with 18 active clinical trials for GI oncology, enhancing research and patient care.
  • GI Oncology Team: Work with a dedicated team including Dr. Emily Lin, Dr. Rui Li, and support from locum physicians, with immediate hiring capability for a team of 3 FTE Hem/Onc specialists.
  • Institutional Support: Benefit from new leadership and vision under Dr. Kenneth Grossmann and Dr. Kelly Perlewitz, driving exciting opportunities and growth in the program.
  • Dual Campus Opportunities: Collaborate across Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent, ensuring comprehensive care and access to state-of-the-art facilities and research labs.
Earle A Chiles Research Institute

Earle A Chiles Research Institute | A Leader in Immunotherapy and Immuno-Oncology Research

New Surgical Expansions:

  • Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program: The addition of two new hepatobiliary surgeons, Dr. Jon Gerry and Dr. John Creasy, expands our expertise and services. Dr. Gerry, the new Medical Director of Hepatobiliary Surgery, will also serve as Director of the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgical Fellowship, emphasizing our commitment to addressing complex HPB cases. Dr. Creasy specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, enhancing our surgical oncology capabilities.
  • Foregut Cancer Program: Under the co-direction of Dr. Navi Dharampal and Dr. Melissa DeSouza, the program ensures comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for esophageal cancer patients, integrating minimally invasive surgery and advanced endoscopic approaches.
  • New Surgical Clinics: Two new liver, pancreas, and surgical oncology clinics at Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent will provide cutting-edge surgical care, multidisciplinary oncology expertise, and access to promising clinical trials for HPB cancer patients.
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The Providence Cancer Center is committed to cutting-edge research and clinical excellence.

Earle A. Chiles Research Institute:

  • Research Excellence: Since 1993, the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute has been a leader in cancer research, focusing on cancer immunotherapy and the integration of genomic sequencing and personalized medicine to accelerate groundbreaking discoveries.
  • Innovative Research: The institute’s physician scientists, such as Dr. Marka Crittenden and Dr. Kristina Young, have made significant contributions to understanding the immune response to radiation therapy and developing clinical trials that combine radiation with immunotherapy.
  • Pioneering Therapies: Recent studies include groundbreaking work in adoptive cell therapy for metastatic pancreatic cancer by Dr. Eric Tran and Dr. Rom Leidner, leading to international recognition and FDA approval of new immunotherapy treatments.
  • Collaborative Environment: The institute fosters collaborations across multiple disciplines, offering a unique environment for innovative research and the development of practice-changing therapies in immunotherapy, immuno-oncology, and cellular therapy.

Where You’ll Work:

Providence Cancer Institute of Oregon

Providence Cancer Institute of Oregon brings together leading cancer specialists, clinical and research teams, including the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute in the Robert W. Franz Cancer Center on the campus of Providence Portland Medical Center, as well as top-rated oncology clinics across Oregon. Multidisciplinary, tumor-site-specific teams work together to provide the best care possible and access to the most promising clinical trials and advanced technology.

Providence Health System:

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Providence Health System: Key Facts and Figures

Providence Health System is one of the largest health systems in the U.S., with over 120,000 caregivers serving in 52 hospitals and 1,085 clinics across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. This extensive network provides a unique opportunity to engage in groundbreaking multi-site research and clinical discovery, leveraging the size and scope of the organization to drive innovative healthcare solutions. Providence’s comprehensive range of health and social services touches millions of lives, ensuring high-quality, compassionate healthcare for everyone, regardless of coverage or ability to pay. With a strong commitment to healthcare transformation, Providence continues to advance best practices and integrate cutting-edge research into patient care, setting the standard for future healthcare models.

Where You’ll Live:

Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon, is a vibrant city with a population of 2.3 million, known for its rich character, diverse dining options, and thriving arts scene. The city is home to the Portland Trail Blazers and offers a high quality of life with strong neighborhood identities and community bonds. As an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Portland is ideally situated between waterfalls, beaches, Mt. Hood’s skiing and hiking trails, lush forests, and the stunning Columbia River Gorge.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Known as the “Silicon Forest,” Portland has a booming high-technology economy with major companies such as Intel, Tektronix, and Nike providing ample professional opportunities. The city’s west side, including neighborhoods like Tigard and Lake Oswego, is home to some of the highest-rated schools in the country, making it an attractive destination for families. With its blend of urban sophistication, natural beauty, and thriving economic landscape, Portland offers an ideal setting for professionals to relocate and flourish.

How to Apply:

The Providence Health System has retained the services of Academic Med to lead this national search effort for the role of Director of GI Oncology. The search will be led by Academic Med’s Gentry Zacheis and Jim Hagood. Please contact Jim Hagood, Managing Director of Academic Med at for inquiry, nomination, or application.

Join us at Providence Cancer Institute and make a meaningful impact in the fight against GI malignancies. We look forward to your application!

Equal Opportunity Employment:

Providence Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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